• Lent

    Wk 2: My Neighbor is Hungry

    This week’s post comes from a friend of mine, Jennifer, who had an experience just last week. I asked if her story could be shared here and with her permission, it is written below. After Ash Wednesday Noon Service I had the privilege to have lunch with a friend. As I was leaving the restaurant; after over indulging in a huge burrito bowl, a young man approached me. As I was getting into my mommy van this young man timidly approached me, too cautious to come too close, nervous to ask, and with fear in his voice asked; “Excuse me miss, can you buy me lunch at Chipotle?” And before…

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    Wk 1: Neighbors of Different Faiths

    I came across a tweet that inspired me to think beyond what I should give up this Lenten season. It challenged me to think beyond myself, and expand my view to those around me. What needed to be lifted up in order for Christ to be more central? The Parable of the Good Samaritan, which I shared in an earlier post, is a reminder that Jesus calls us to love our neighbor, which means learning who they are. The real life experience that inspired this blog series was unfortunate, but important to the lesson learned. In the last two weeks, two Jewish cemeteries in two different cities have been vandalized. Both St.…

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    Why Did Jesus Fast?

    I continue to learn more and more about fasting each year I participate in Lent. Taking a closer look at the Scripture helps even more to better understand the “Why?”. Take a look at this account of Jesus’s temptation, which is one of the passages where we derive the significance of the 40 days, as well as take note that there was purpose in the God/man participating in this ritual. “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a]by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these…

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    “And Who is My Neighbor?”

    The Parable of the Good Samaritan 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was…

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    Emptied

    As the season of Lent approaches, I seem to have become more contemplative. This year, especially, I am noticing my desire to dig into Scripture and better prepare my heart and mind for these 40 days. I began reading a book recommended by a colleague called, “Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go”, by Richard Rohr. I’ve only read the first chapter, but am blown away by the use of Scripture and historical context to share some profound thoughts. The reason I share this is because the first chapter discusses self image & fasting, which during Lent refers to what we are giving up or “fasting from”. For some people, they…

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    Names of Jesus Day 40: Resurrection & Life

    It’s the last day of Lent. Holy Saturday. It’s quiet. And while you might expect the Scripture to be when Jesus rose from the dead, there is a passage earlier in the Gospels where Jesus initiates this conversation. Jesus has a conversation with Martha after her brother, Lazarus has died. 21 “’Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.’ 23 Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ 24 Martha answered, ‘I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’ 25 Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the…

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    Names of Jesus Day 39: Lamb of God

    “[ John Testifies About Jesus ] The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” – John 1:29, NIV This passage happens early in John’s Gospel, but is rich with meaning and depth as you look at where the Passover came from and why it was being celebrated the very week that Jesus went to the cross. I think about Abraham taking his son to be sacrificed, but God providing a ram instead of Issac sacrificing his own son. Today is a somber day. As I look outside, it’s overcast to match that day over…

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    Names of Jesus Day 38: Friend

    Today, on this Maundy Thursday, I think of the friendships Jesus had with his disciples. On this day, they sat down for a meal together. While this had been done before, it was clear this was a special meal. It was also Passover. 17 “On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ 18 He replied, ‘Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’ 19 So the…

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    Names of Jesus Day 37: Jesus

    You knew this day was coming. How could I reflect on the names of Jesus and not include his namesake? I love the intentional promise in each name that Jesus has been given. Each name has a powerful meaning in the redemptive work of our Savior. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a] because he will save his people from their sins.” Footnotes: Matthew 1:21 Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves. Jesus = “The Lord Saves” His name literally means what he came to this earth to do. If those who heard him teach didn’t believe what he said or thought the miracles…

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    Names of Jesus Day 36: Healer

    This is the song that came to mind when I began to write this post about Jesus being a healer. The Scriptures that arise when I think about Jesus as healer, is every single instant of healing that Jesus does in the Gospels. One of the common themes that runs throughout these narratives of Jesus healing, is the faith of those who are sick or in need of healing. Whether it was the man born blind, the man with leprosy or the man whose daughter had already died. They are still had faith in Jesus. Jesus heals even when we don’t have confidence in our faith in Him, but open…